3 Misconceptions About Gentrification, And Other Conversation Starters

“Defining gentrification merely as neighborhood improvement is oversimplistic…Gentrification is further confounded by the legacy of racism in America…Gentrification is not a natural process.”

“When we put gentrification into its appropriate context, and understand that it’s a manifestation of inequality, it demands that we start thinking about preventative strategies, and policies that can ameliorate gentrification.”

In this talk entitled “What We Don’t Understand About Gentrification“, Dr. Stacey Sutton discusses 3 misconceptions about gentrification.

A Personal Narrative

In this video, a young man shares about the gentrification of his neighborhood.


“Nice Gentrifier?”

Here, I share a collection of tweets from Gloria Malone on gentrification.

“There is a pervasive myth of the ‘nice gentrifier’. There is no such thing as a “nice gentrifier.” Through using “nice gentrifier” logic I attempt to show how false this title is.”


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. richard says:

    Keep it on coming brother Reynaldo – from one POC MSW to another. Richard Marquez MSW @richardmrqz

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